Kentucky Football: Wildcats stun Florida sending the Bluegrass into a frenzy

Kentucky's Trevin Wallace celebrates
Kentucky's Trevin Wallace celebrates /
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C.A.T.S.  Cats, Cats, Cats is how you spell Kentucky football.

The Kentucky football team sent shockwaves across the Bluegrass and all of the college football Saturday night with a stunning and deafening 20-13 upset of No. 9 Florida.

Final. 13. 840. 20. 833

It was the first time in 35 years that the Wildcats have taken down the Gators in Lexington and they owe it all to a defense that played their hearts out.

Along with a raucous, loud, and deafening crowd of 61,632 that had Kroger Field and the Commonwealth of Kentucky surely having seismologists worried an earthquake was happening.

Kentucky football’s defense with 8 stops in the Red Zone on Gators final drive

The crowd decibel level was so high it caused Florida to be whistled for 8, count them 8, false start penalties. In all 15 flags were thrown on the Gators

Florida entered the Red Zone in the closing two minutes looking for a shot to tie or even win the game but 8 times in a row the Big Blue defense turned them away.

The biggest was fourth and goal with 22 seconds to play and Jacquez Jones stretch out in the endzone to knock down a final touchdown attempt by Emory Jones.

Game balls must be handed out for sure to the defense and the crowd.

I’ve witnessed many a crazy moment both celebratory and heartbreaking at this stadium but this win will go down as one of the greatest in all of Kentucky football lore.

With the win, Kentucky is now 5-0 and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference sitting on top of the East along with Georgia after 3 games. Completely unheard of. They are a full two games ahead of the Gators now in the standings.

Kentucky has always clamored for more respect and boy did they earn it on Saturday.

The stats may not be glamorous on the offensive side, but Kentucky knows its identity and what it needs and wants to do and that run the ball, play stellar defense, and hit you in the mouth when they can.

While they played much cleaner than they have all season there was still one interception by quarterback Will Levis, but the defense bailed him out.

Struggling to come up with picks and create turnovers this year, Kentucky did grab an interception and a massive special teams play by Josh Paschal who blocked a field goal attempt that fell into the arms of Trevin Wallace who raced 76-yards for the touchdown.

Wallace used to be a running back in high school and had flashbacks to those days.

“Yeah, I did. When I caught the ball, my whole body went into running back mode. I knew it was time to go. My natural instinct will always be to go into running back mode.”

Not to take anything away from the offense who had some big-time performers of their own like Chris Rodriguez rushing for 99 yards and touchdown and Wan’Dale Robinson’s spectacular 42-yard touchdown where he juked Gator and Gator.

So much fun and storylines it’s hard to tell them all.